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Old 07-15-2009, 07:01 PM   #1
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A few how to questions...


ok this is the first thing. I just bought a 1TD hardrive and my labtop is comming in a few weeks. What I want to do is turn my existing computer into a Slackware file server to host all my music, movies, ect. I want to be able to access it from the other window computers in the house. I also want to install the KDE on it because also want to be able to use it to continue learning with Linux but primarily (it's they're to host my files ). I also am wondering has anyone had any luck with virtual server? I am thinking I may want to install a few OS on the same computer that the slackware is on. So i can switch and remotely connect as I please. Kind of like a server with blades as I have at work.


Ideas?
 
Old 07-15-2009, 07:17 PM   #2
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I want to be able to access it from the other window computers in the house.
If you want to make files on the server available to Windows computers, you want to set up Samba shares on the server.
If you want to access the server from Windows computers with a login shell, then you can consider ssh (secure shell) using Putty on the Windows computers or some other Windows based ssh client.

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I also want to install the KDE on it
KDE is included as part of the standard Slackware install.

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I also am wondering has anyone had any luck with virtual server? I am thinking I may want to install a few OS on the same computer that the slackware is on. So i can switch and remotely connect as I please. Kind of like a server with blades as I have at work.
Not quite sure what you have in mind for this.
You can install multiple operating systems on the computer and boot to any one of them using a multiboot setup.
You can also install operating systems in virtual machines that you can set up using VirtualBox or some other virtualisation package.
 
Old 07-15-2009, 07:28 PM   #3
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And you can certainly connect to the VM as your server. Adds an extra touch of security if you're accessing from the web, especially if you make your VM server revert to snapshot on reboot...
 
Old 07-16-2009, 10:08 AM   #4
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You can also install operating systems in virtual machines that you can set up using VirtualBox or some other virtualisation package.
this is exactly what I was looking for...suggestions on virtual machines I can use or buy?

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KDE is included as part of the standard Slackware install.
My apologies I do know you can install the KDE i was just wondernig if I was trying to run a file server could I still use it. It may sound stupid I just did not know but I did know it was apart of the installiation thanks .

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And you can certainly connect to the VM as your server. Adds an extra touch of security if you're accessing from the web, especially if you make your VM server revert to snapshot on reboot...
how can i go about doing that as well? You guys basically nailed my questions on the head.
 
Old 07-16-2009, 10:18 AM   #5
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this is exactly what I was looking for...suggestions on virtual machines I can use or buy?
This would be a good place to start.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...e-year-695633/
 
Old 07-16-2009, 12:28 PM   #6
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This would be a good place to start.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...e-year-695633/
Yea the link simply just says that VirtualBox was top rated by users but does not exactly say anything else. Most of the posts are just people agreeing with it.
 
Old 07-16-2009, 01:03 PM   #7
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You asked for suggestions on virtual machine software. The link shows potential candidates. Personally, I use VirtualBox and it serves my needs.
I believe that Slackware developer AlienBob uses qemu and Slackware developer rworkman uses VirtualBox. (Please note that they have both forgotten more about Slackware than I am ever likely to know!!)
It is my understanding that xen is best used for virtualising Linux distributions.

This is FOSS. You have the freedom and responsibility to make your own choice to suit your own needs.
 
Old 07-16-2009, 05:01 PM   #8
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You asked for suggestions on virtual machine software. The link shows potential candidates. Personally, I use VirtualBox and it serves my needs.
I believe that Slackware developer AlienBob uses qemu and Slackware developer rworkman uses VirtualBox. (Please note that they have both forgotten more about Slackware than I am ever likely to know!!)
It is my understanding that xen is best used for virtualising Linux distributions.

This is FOSS. You have the freedom and responsibility to make your own choice to suit your own needs.
So i'm guessing my question now is will it Virtualbox work with slackware on the website it seems as it only works for a few distros.
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* Ubuntu 9.04 ("Jaunty Jackalope") i386 | AMD64
* Ubuntu 8.10 ("Intrepid Ibex") i386 | AMD64
* Ubuntu 8.04 LTS ("Hardy Heron") i386 | AMD64
* Debian 5.0 ("Lenny") i386 | AMD64
* Debian 4.0 ("Etch") i386 | AMD64
* openSUSE 11.1 i386 | AMD64
* openSUSE 11.0 i386 | AMD64
* SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (SLES10) i386 | AMD64
* Fedora 11 ("Leonidas") i386 | AMD64
* Fedora 9 ("Sulphur") / 10 ("Cambridge") i386 | AMD64
* Fedora 8 ("Werewolf") i386 | AMD64
* Mandriva 2009.1 i386 | AMD64
* Mandriva 2008.0 i386
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 ("RHEL5") / CentOS 5 i386 | AMD64
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 ("RHEL4") i386
* Turbolinux 11 i386 | AMD64
* PCLinuxOS 2007 i386
* All distributions i386 | AMD64
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is the'yre something special i have to do?
 
Old 07-16-2009, 05:25 PM   #9
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So i'm guessing my question now is will it Virtualbox work with slackware on the website it seems as it only works for a few distros.
ofcourse it will work...after all each distro is Linux + userland tools. Go over to slackbuilds.org, find virtualbox, build and install.
 
Old 07-16-2009, 09:25 PM   #10
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I use both Qemu and VirtualBox for Virtual Machines.

VirtualBox has a nice GUI to configure and setup your machines.
Qemu is nice if you have a bit more experience and can be setup without even running X on your server - all from the command line. Then you can access your VMs via VNC for example.
 
Old 07-24-2009, 01:11 PM   #11
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I use both Qemu and VirtualBox for Virtual Machines.

VirtualBox has a nice GUI to configure and setup your machines.
Qemu is nice if you have a bit more experience and can be setup without even running X on your server - all from the command line. Then you can access your VMs via VNC for example.
Sorry for the late response. I'm not experience with these things when dealing with Linux. But I would like to be able to know diffrences or similarities between both. From a very basic google search they appear to have the same outcome. However prefrences? Why would someone choose one over the other. Is it soley because Qemu can install without the X? I kind of want the x. I'm not that advanced yet to install straight from the command line. Although I do want to reach that point.
 
Old 07-27-2009, 05:34 AM   #12
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I suggest to try VirtualBox first. It is easy to setup and has a user-friendly interface.

After a while, when you are more comfortable with virtual machines, you might want to try Qemu to experience something different and decide for yourself which one will be your favorite.
 
Old 07-27-2009, 06:34 AM   #13
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I've got VirtualBox running OK on Slack 12.2 (I'm using the non-OSE version). Installed XP Pro with it, and it's indistinguishable from the "real" thing.
 
  


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